Experienced CEO, Public and 

Private Company Board Director



Digital innovation and strong corporate governance have collided. 

Boardrooms are tasked with re-thinking the board member profile and committee structure in light of innovation and emerging transitional risks. 

In addition to my current board service,  I've spent the better part of three years immersed in blockchain, artificial intelligence, cloud and digital disruption initiatives. I understand these new technologies but I also appreciate the challenges faced by management with regard to legacy systems and processes. Being up to date and educated on these initiatives allow for thought provoking and robust discussions in the boardroom and with management.

Enjoy my thoughts on these topics!

Wall Street Journal Interview


Corporate Boards Face Challenges in Overseeing AI 

"AI innovation requires the board to understand what to do to surveil risk inside the company." - Christa Steele

Private Company Director Magazine 2019 North America "Directors to Watch"


"There is no industry immune to disruption. Boardrooms and the C-suite  must assimilate to change and disrupt themselves before becoming  disrupted. This requires a pivot in mindset, away from just looking back  over the last 90 days, to looking ahead and around the corner. Only  then will you be able to establish the right KPIs and KRIs for your  boardroom." - Christa Steele


Christa Steele is an experienced CEO, Board Member and well-known speaker and thought leader of Digital Disruption and Corporate Governance in the new digital age.

Steele currently serves on the Board of Directors of: 

1) Recology, CA a) Audit Committee Member, b) Nominating/Governance Committee Member and c) Compensation Committee Member and d) Leadership Development Committee Member 

2) OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG), Puerto Rico  a) Audit Committee Member 

3) Tanimura & Antle, CA a) Compensation Committee Chair and b) Nominating/Governance Committee Member 

She also serves on the non-profit board of directors for the NACD Northern California Chapter, CA and Pacific Coast Banking School, WA. 

Until recently, Steele was a partner and board member of FIG Partners, a highly successful investment bank with ten locations across the United States. In April 2019, FIG Partners was acquired by Janney Montgomery Scott. 

Prior to board directorship, she became the youngest CEO in the U.S. to lead a $3.5 Billion asset size bank located in the San Francisco Bay Area of CA. As former CEO of a company with $500 million in market cap, Steele led improved core earnings 43% in a single calendar year, doubled the banks’ value in less than two years, and successfully led its sale for a premium in 2015. 

Steele was recognized by Private Company Director  Magazine in October 2019 as a North America 2019 "Director to Watch" and received previous recognition by the San Francisco Business Times as "Most Influential Leader in Bay Area Business" and by Crowe Horwath for driving significant financial performance improvement. 

Steele's expertise leading a complex, highly scrutinized and regulated company provides a desirable and diverse skill-set transferable across multiple industry verticals. 

Steele qualifies as a financial and audit expert from time served as CEO overseeing the financial complexities of a financial institution. In addition, she possesses an in-depth understanding of how to manage market growth, expansion, divestiture, recession, corporate litigation, shareholder lawsuit, legacy ownership, conflict resolution, and human capital. 

Steele  is a Board Leadership Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors, holds an MBA from University of Southern Ca and an undergraduate degree from California State University Sacramento. 


Tone at the Top: Boards Look to Harness  Blockchain Disruption.

Why management and boards need to consider blockchain in overall digital strategy.

Risk & Opportunity a Board Primer on Blockchain

Four-part blockchain information series


Blockchain and its place in the new digital world

NACD Northern California Chapter and PwC recently partnered to present a blockchain webcast - " What boards need to know about blockchain".

Presenters:  Christa Steele and Manoj Kashyap

putting digital transformation on the board agenda

The future is now

Trying to figure out why all of this innovation is a big deal for boardrooms? Watch this video!

Where multiple industries such as: Wearable, autonomous vehicle, identity blockchain, bank, retail, airline, chatbot, predictive analytics, and social media all working together to conduct a sale transaction without any human interaction!

Where to start with digital education in the boardroom? You don't have to work for Google to be digi

Digital education in the boardroom. You don't have to work for Google to be digitally informed.


Being industry agnostic can have its advantages in the boardroom.

The retail industry requires a pivot that begins in the boardroom

The retail industry requires a pivot that begins in the boardroom.


Are boardrooms making the mistake with board refreshment being too narrowly focused?


The best part of my professional journey is now.


I'm not your average bank CEO.

2019 scheduled Speaking Engagements

Panel Moderator – FIG Partners annual CEO conference Scottsdale, AZ; 

Panel Participant - University of Southern California Women’s Leadership Forum, Los Angeles, CA; 

Keynote Speaker and Panel Participant – Institute of Internal Auditors, Gaylord Convention Center, Dallas, TX; 

Keynote Speaker – Audit Executive Center’s Power Breakfast – Dallas, TX; 

Webinar & Live Audience Keynote Speaker – PwC & National Association Corporate Directors – Menlo Park, CA;

Panel Participant - Women Corporate Directors  - Silicon Valley, CA.

Keynote Speaker - IIA Financial Services Exchange - Washington, DC.

Keynote Speaker - Women in Internal Audit Leadership Conference - Washington, DC.

Future of Financial Services - NACD - Washington, DC.

Future of the Boardroom - NACD - Washington, DC.

Fireside Chat - Financial Executives International - Sacramento, CA.

Contact Information

315 Montgomery Street Suite 900, San Francisco, California 94104, United States

E-mail christa steele

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.